TRIPOLI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Libya marks on Sunday the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi, captured and killed by rebels in his hometown of Sirte after an eight-month revolt against his four-decade rule backed by NATO air strikes.
As the rebels toppled Sirte, a U.S. drone alerted NATO of a fleeing 80-car convoy and French fighter jets responded with an airstrike, which took out two of the vehicles. Gaddafi was captured as he was hiding in a drainage pipe by revolutionary brigade from Misrata.
Cross revenges held the country hostage for the last two years as hundreds of militias roaming the weapons-awash country. Security officers, previously serving Gaddafi regime, are targeted as well as political activists by armed fundamentalist groups in the Eastern region of Cyrenaica.
The Prime Minister of the Libyan interim Government Ali Zeidan even was abducted on October 10 at dawn prayer by unidentified armed group, which was subsequently reported being the Joint Security Room of Libyan Revolutionary and acting on behalf of Libyan Parliament members.
Zeidan was released hours later after his abduction. The flash kidnap of the prime minister was promptly considered a revenge of al-Qaida for the U.S. raid to capture the islamist terrorist suspect Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, alias Abu Anas al-Liby, last October 5.
The main oil fields in Cyrenaica are shut down from federalist movement, while Berber minority group in the West keep blocked the main gas plant in Nalut.
In the vigil of the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising end, the violence so far escalates between the local power interest groups and the islamist militias pushing the country to the brink of a new civil war. Speaking to the media, Ali Zeidan said that Libya still needs international support to drag out from the current instability.
Meanwhile the U.S. warships are deployed off the Libyan coast, likely to intervene for any potential action of al-Qaida in the country.